Jiahao Cao

Jiahao Cao Ph.D. Candidate
Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University
Beijing, P.R. China


  • Dec. 2018 to Dec. 2019: visiting student, Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), George Mason University
    • Advisor: Prof. Kun Sun
  • 2015 to now: pursuing Ph.D., Department of Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University
    • Advisor: Prof. Mingwei Xu and Qi Li
  • 2011 to 2015: B.Sc degree, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Research Projects

  • Vulnerability Discovery in SDN

Research Interests

  • SDN/NFV Security
  • Deep Learning for Cyber Security


  • Jiahao Cao, Qi Li, Renjie Xie, Kun Sun, Guofei Gu, Mingwei Xu, and Yuan Yang. "The CrossPath Attack: Disrupting the SDN Control Channel via Shared Links," In Proc. of the 28th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security), Santa Clara, CA, August 2019 (Student Travel Grant, First round acceptance ratio: 9.8%=25/254, CCF A)
  • Jiahao Cao, Zijie Yang, Kun Sun, Qi Li, Mingwei Xu, and Peiyi Han, “Fingerprinting SDN Applications via Encrypted Control Traffic.” To appear in the 22nd International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses (RAID), September 2019. (CCF B, Acceptance ratio: 22.28%=37/166)
  • Jiahao Cao, Kun Sun, Qi Li, Mingwei Xu, Zijie Yang, Kyung Joon Kwak, and Jason Li, “Covert Channels in SDN: Leaking Out Information from Controllers to End Hosts.” To appear in the 15th International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm 2019), Orlando, FL, USA, October 23-25, 2019. (CCF C)
  • Jiahao Cao, Mingwei Xu, Qi Li, Kun Sun, Yuan Yang, and Jing Zheng. "Disrupting SDN via the Data Plane: A Low-Rate Flow Table Overflow Attack," In Proc. of the 13th EAI International Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks (SecureComm), Niagara Falls, Canada, October 2017. (Best Paper Award, CCF C)
  • Qi Li, Jiahao Cao, Mingwei Xu, and Kun Sun, “Flow Table Overflow Attacks.” To appear in Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks, Xuemin (Sherman) Shen, Xiaodong Lin, and Kuan Zhang (Eds.), Springer. (Book Chapter)
  • Shengsheng Yao, Mingwei Xu, Qi Li, Jiahao Cao, and Qiyang Song. "cSFC: Building Credible Service Function Chain on the Cloud," In the 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Hawaii, USA, December 2019. (CCF C)
  • Jing Zheng, Qi Li, Guofei Gu, Jiahao Cao, David K.Y. Yau, and Jianping Wu. "Realtime DDoS Defense Using COTS SDN Switches via Adaptive Correlation Analysis," In IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security (TIFS), vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 1838-1853, 2018. (CCF A)
  • Renjie Xie, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "SoftGuard: Defend against the Low-Rate TCP Attack in SDN," In Proc. of the 53rd IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Shanghai, China, May 2019. (CCF C)
  • Zheng Liu, Mingwei Xu, Jiahao Cao, and Qi Li. "TSA: A Two-phase Scheme against Amplification DDoS Attack in SDN," In Proc. of the 13th International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN), Beijing, China, December 2017.

Professional Activities

TPC member
  • IEEE Globecom 2019
Journal Reviewer
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS)
  • IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM)
  • SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences
  • International Journal of Security and Networks (IJSN)
External/Sub Reviewer
  • NDSS, 2020
  • IEEE INFOCOM, 2018, 2020
  • ACM CCS, 2019
  • ACM ACSAC, 2019
  • ICICS, 2019
  • IEEE ICDCS, 2018~2019
  • IEEE CNS, 2019
  • IEEE/ACM IWQoS, 2017~2019
  • IEEE ICC, 2018

Awards & Scholarships

  • Student Travel Grant of USENIX Security '19 (2019)
  • Tsinghua-Sohu Scholarship for Excellent Students (2019) (“清华之友—搜狐研发”奖学金)
  • Best Paper Award in the SecureComm conference (2017) (唯一最佳论文)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2013) (国家奖学金)
  • National Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates (2012) (国家奖学金)

Teaching Assistant

  • 70240023 Computer network Architecture: Fall 2017
  • 40240882 Specialized Training of Computer Networks: Spring 2016, Spring 2017
  • 40240513 Principles of Computer Network:Fall 2016

Conferences in Focus for Me